Custom Sliding Barn Door
Materials4 8"x3/4" (1-by) boards, 8' long
3 4"x3/4" (1-by) boards, 8' long
1/2" Drywall Screws
LaborPlanning: 4 Hrs
Building: 4 Hrs
Installation: 2 Hrs
I decided to create a custom barn door for our downstairs bathroom. The idea came out of necessity: the existing door took up too much space in the bathroom.
I came up with a basic cross design you see on old country stores
I made the frame to match from either side. It was made entirely of 3/4" lumber.
I used 3/4" lumber for the insert, and sandwiched them between the box frame. The materials for the insert was from a previously made door, similar to the one on the left. The insert was not screwed to each other, but attached to the frame using 1/2" drywall screws. I alternated the width of each board, such that it was 8"/4"/8"/4"/8" going across.
I inserted the bottom cross members with additional 3/4" lumber, mitered at a 45 degree angle.
The door is hung and slides between the wall and the washing machine. This minimizes the space taken up when opening/closing the door.
The door is hung on a barn track, mounted to a rough-cut 1" board using 2" lag bolts. That board is attached to the door headers with 3" drywall screws at every 12".